Life at Camp Menzies

life at camp
Daily Life

Camp sessions vary in length from four to eight days with a different group of campers each session. The daily schedule varies according to the program and what activities are planned, but most days will follow the same basic schedule.


Basic Daily Schedule



7:00 a.m.

Bell Rings to wake everyone up

7:45 a.m.

Morning Flag (ceremonies are performed by different units each day)

8:00 a.m.

Breakfast (after meals campers help to clean up by washing dishes, wiping tables or sweeping the dining hall)

9:00 a.m.

Morning Session 1*

10:15 a.m.

Morning Session 2*

11:15 a.m.

Unit Time

12:00 p.m.


1:00 p.m.

Me Time (time to relax, read a book or write letters)

2:00 p.m.

Afternoon Session 1*

3:00 p.m.


3:15 p.m.

Afternoon Session 2*

4:30 p.m.

Afternoon Session 3*

5:30 p.m.

Unit Time

6:15 p.m.

Evening Flag

6:30 p.m.


7:15 p.m.

Free Play

7:45 p.m.

Evening Program (Campfire, All Camp Event or special unit activity)

9:00 p.m.

Bedtime for younger girls

10:00 p.m.

Bedtime for older girls

* Activity sessions include swimming, canoeing, archery (for fourth grade and up), arts and crafts, nature study, meadow games, horseback riding, and other special activities they have planned to do as a unit. Each unit plans and cooks out at least one meal while they are at camp. To conserve water, campers shower every other day that they are in camp or the day they return from a trip and every other day before and after that. If groups are leaving on a trip, some of their time in camp is spent planning and preparing for the trip and cleaning up when they come back.


Camp Activities

Camp Menzies offers a variety of specialist led activities which include arts ā€˜nā€™ crafts, nature study, swimming, canoeing and horseback riding. Arts ā€˜nā€™ crafts and nature study are each led by one specialist who plans age appropriate and thematic programs for each unit. Canoeing and swimming are supervised by our waterfront staff, which includes a waterfront director and two to three waterfront assistants. A horseback riding director, assistant riding director, two to three horseback riding specialists and a horseback riding assistant lead the horseback riding activities. In addition to the specialist led activities, there will be times when unit staff lead games, songs, initiative activities, crafts, outdoor cooking and evening programs. Training on these staff led activities will occur during staff training prior to the campers arrival.

In addition to the in-camp activities several of our programs include day or overnight experiences out of camp. Most of the trips are set up prior to the camp start date and will be coordinated by the trip coordinator. Adventure trips, such as backpacking, overnight canoeing, rock climbing, mountain biking and kayaking, will be led by our trip adventure leaders with the help of sub-contractors for the extreme adventure activities. Unit leaders will lead smaller day trips to local sites with the help of the trip coordinator.


Meals At Camp

Most meals are served family style in the dining hall; however, campers will also have several cookouts in their unit during the session. We do our best to serve nutritious, well-balanced and appetizing meals that accommodate everyone at camp. Vegetarian options are available at all meals and special dietary needs can be accommodated.






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